When you travel with a 10-month old who isn’t yet walking, the stroller you choose to take is incredibly important. Before making a purchase, I read reviews, researched, and talked to others about their choice of an umbrella stroller, which ultimately led me to the Summer Infant 3Dlite+. I originally bought this stroller to take with me on our family trip to Europe, but I have found that I use it frequently during my day-to-day activities in my home town as well. I would argue that everyone needs a good umbrella stroller, and below I’ve outlined my reasons for choosing this one.
Pros for the Summer Infant 3Dlite+
- It is lightweight (14lbs) and has a strap to sling it over your shoulder for the times when you must carry it.
- You can open and close it with one hand. This feature alone makes me love it because of the number of times I am holding my son while trying to open or close it, and I have no trouble.
- The recline is perfect for a baby who needs a nap while you’re on the go. It has different levels so you can adjust and choose based on your baby.
- The shade is flexible enough to cover as much of baby as you would like based on the sun, and there is a flap where you can peek it from the top to check on them. Some other strollers I researched had covers that barely covered their heads and I knew that wouldn’t fit our needs.
- The handlebars are comfortable to grip and are tall enough that you aren’t hunched over while pushing it.
- The storage is sufficient for a compact stroller, with a zipper pocket included at the top for things like keys and phone, and a storage bucket for larger items underneath like toys, blanket, or shopping bags.
- It comes with a cup holder and phone holder to attach near the handlebars. I didn’t use the phone feature because of where we were touring, I wanted my phone in my pocket and not so exposed. But I did use the cup holder for a sippy cup, water bottle, etc. and it is convenient.
- Lastly, the wheels held up through over 150 miles of sidewalks and cobblestone streets in Europe, and still allow for a smooth ride today.
Con for the Summer Infant 3Dlite+
My only con for this stroller is that you can’t strip the fabric to wash it. This, unfortunately, became apparent to me just AFTER my son had a diaper blowout while being pushed around Barcelona. Thankfully we were able to clean it thoroughly with a washcloth, soap, and water. We opted to wear the baby in my favorite Solly Baby wrap for our next outing and let the stroller dry overnight. We were able to use it like new (stain-free) the next morning!
If you’re looking for an umbrella stroller that is affordable, functional, easy to use and tote around, and comfortable for baby, then I think you’ll be pleased with the Summer Infant 3Dlite+!